An Ypsi Township man was killed while streaming on Facebook Live last week, ClickOnDetroit reports. Terrell Smith, made a local celebrity by his streams, was claimed in a barrage of over thirty bullets after exchanging heated words with someone commenting on the stream. A 24-year-old male suspect was arrested in Georgia on July 1, along with two women charged as conspirators, MLive reports (subscriber exclusive).
A shooting in Ann Arbor damaged four homes in the Pinelake Village Cooperative Friday, MLive reports (subscriber exclusive). Nobody was injured in the early morning shooting. There is no known motive, and police ask the public for help in identifying the shooter: call 734-794-6939 or email email@example.com.
The county’s Covid-19 snapshot reports 1,228 cases in the two weeks ending yesterday, almost the same as last week’s 1,224. The county was bumped up to a “medium” CDC risk level, however, from last week’s low. The weekly test positivity rate is 13 percent according to MI Safe Start, and there are 198.3 cases per 100,000 residents.
Only heart attacks and cancer have killed more people than Covid in Washtenaw since March ‘20, Jim Leonard reports in the July Observer. By mid-June, the virus had killed 524 people in the county. But spring’s Omicron wave has been mild compared to the earlier Delta, and while Washtenaw often reports more cases per capita than neighboring counties, deaths are lower.
Mayor Taylor withdrew a nomination to the energy commission Tuesday under pressure, MLive reports (subscriber exclusive). Demonstrators outside city hall rallied by Ann Arbor for Public Power opposed naming Knox Cameron to the commission because they believe his employer, DTE Energy, has an adverse relationship with the city’s sustainability goals.
Recycling inspectors are making the rounds in Ann Arbor starting Monday, ClickOnDetroit reports. As we mentioned last week, the city has new recycling rules, and the inspectors will check curbside bins for forbidden items, tagging non-compliers with “oops” stickers explaining how to fix it. Bins that don’t pass muster a second time won’t be serviced until the items are removed.
The Ann Arbor Home Electrification Expo is coming next Thursday. According to the city, attendees “will learn about electrification and how they can improve their homes' energy efficiency and health while reducing their carbon footprint.” It’s 5-9 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, and there will be food trucks and live music.
The E. Delhi bridge closure has been delayed till next week due to a contractor scheduling issue. The Maple Rd. bridge closed as planned. The E. Delhi closure is expected to last about two weeks, while Maple is anticipated to be twelve.
Independence Lake Beach closed this week due to high levels of E. coli bacteria. The bacteria was discovered during routine testing, and the beach closure will remain until testing shows a safe level for swimming.
A camp introduced teen girls to first responder careers last week, MLive reports. The Blaze and Blue camp invited girls ages thirteen to seventeen to participate in activities led by local firefighters and police officers. The departments plan to hold the event again next year.
EMU plans to invest $200 million to revamp student housing, ClickOnDetroit reports. EMU Campus Living will build two new residence halls and renovate existing dorms. If the Board of Trustees approves, construction will begin this summer.
The Ypsilanti District Library launched an eclectic collection of household items, Concentrate reports. Inspired by the AADL’s tools collection, the YDL’s “Library of Things” has everything from board games to garden tools and an Elmo cake pan.
The Wolverines will have new adversaries come 2024 as USC and UCLA join the Big Ten, MGoBlue reports. The surprise announcement last week brings the number of B1G members to sixteen, reshaping the landscape of U.S. college football.
Tracy Smith is Michigan’s new baseball coach, the Michigan Daily reports. Smith has 34 years of coaching experience at Miami-Middletown, Miami University, Indiana University, and Arizona State. He’ll start off in rebuilding mode: after Clemsen hired away former coach Erik Bakich, the Daily writes, “10 players entered the transfer portal and nine recruits rescinded their commitments.”
David Zinn’s chalk art has more than 22 million “likes” on TikTok, Jan Schlain reports in the July Observer. Subject to the rain, Zinn’s art is ephemeral, and he says, “Professionally I’m a photographer . . . Because that’s what I sell in books and put on social media.” Though TikTok has spread Zinn’s art worldwide, his life and tax bracket haven’t changed: “TikTok contains a lot of wonderfully supportive communities, but generally speaking, being ‘famous’ on the internet is like having thousands of friends who will never help you move a couch,” he says.